In a cold night at Clark-LeClair stadium, Evan Kruzynski and Kyle Cedotal (1-2) battled deep into the game. The game’s three runs came in the ninth inning, two of them from Turner Brown’s walk-off single. East Carolina (7-2) came away with a 2-1 victory in its first game of the Keith LeClair Classic.
Kruczynski and Cedotal were neck and neck after eight innings. Both pitchers through eight innings did not allow a run, but the ninth did not come as easy. Kruczynski, who pitched 8.1 innings with seven strikeouts, was taken out after pitching a career high 120 pitches, recording one out in the ninth.
Sam Lanier and Nick Durazo came in relief in the ninth, they would both record only one pitch each. Southeastern Louisiana (5-4) scored the first run of the game on a bunt single from Ryan Byers. Chris Holba (1-0) retired the Lions and would get the win. Cedotal came back out to finish the game for the Lions.
After a walk, single and hit by pitch, ECU had bases loaded with no outs. Brown stepped to the plate and was hitless on the night, striking out once, but the freshman came through for the Pirates. Brown hit a line drive to centerfield and the Lion’s Jacob Seward’s attempt to make a diving catch failed. Jeff Nelson and Williams-Sutton scored on the base hit.
Tyler did not get a hit, but was walked twice in the game. Williams-Sutton’s base hit in the ninth would be his only hit. Left fielder Parker Lamm was the only Pirate to record multiple hits. Bryce Harman continued to struggle at the plate. He was hitless in two at bats, striking out once.
Thanks to three ECU errors and seven hits, the Lions had many opportunities to score. Byers cashed in with a single in the ninth. Derrick Mount got a hit in three of his four at bats and Jameson Fisher scored a run after his first hit of the game in the ninth. The Lion’s leadoff hitter Seward was sat down on all four of his plate appearances.